The Bunker, Auckland, 12-11-2018

A bucket list tick....the Devonport Folk Music Club, The Bunker, Mount Victoria, Devonport, Auckland.

Monday night saw a small but enthusiastic crowd turn is some of the feedback....

Peter: Amusing...good stories and songs.

David and Gabrielle: Very entertaining poetry and stories

Anne: Great Stories

Diana: Memories of Australia. I liked your songs

Murray: Very enjoyable stories of LIFE.

Bill: Amazing poetry

Jane: Lots of fun and enjoyment

Dominic: Great Unique night of entertainment

Lorraine: Very entertaining. Had a good laugh

Maggie: Funny/Sad/true to life poetry, complete with hat props!

Folk Club Barn Dances , 2018

The Christchurch Folk Music Club have decided to run family barn dances on a regular rotation as part of our Sunday night concert. Probably 3 or 4 a are some photos from the last couple....

Review By Judi (Club Secretary)

A night of tradition that fulfilled the dance and music experience for an eclectic mix of Folk Club supporters, it was great to see so many new people attend and enjoy the opportunity.

The band of musicians, well-known from both Folk Club and the Monday night traditional sessions included Russell Gillies, Jeremy Brownbrooke, Dave Evison, Tessa White, Sophia and Tessa Bidwell, Simon Uprichard and Keely Tasker provided the essential music for dance.

The night was filled with participation, as ‘caller’, Gary Elford, ably explained and demonstrated each dance before the music started and the dancing set off at a pace! Gary responded to the needs of those dancing by adding further explanations if needed and adjusting the tempo of a dance until the routine was achieved, then gently increasing the pace. Described in a dictionary as "an informal social gathering at which there is Scottish or Irish folk music and singing and folk dancing and even story telling".

A Ceilidh (pronounced "Kay-lay", emphasis on 1st syllable) is many things to many people. It derives from the Gaelic word meaning a 'visit' and originally meant just that. It can also mean a 'house party', a 'concert' or more usually an evening of 'informal Celtic traditional dancing to informal music'. This was the first Ceilidh that the club has held for many years. It was a night of extreme enjoyment, with the most common voicing for the night being ‘when will the next one be held?’ Be prepared as the next to join opportunity at the Club’s 50th celebrations in November 2018 as the infectious, toe-tapping jigs and reels, will once again encourage fun, laughter, dance and the opportunity get to know the other attendees.

Judi Smitheram


Live at Greendale Recording Session

A small audience was invited to a live recording session at the renovated Greendale Church. Thank you for your support and encouragement.

Thanks to Barrie & Marguerite Clubb who are both generous hosts and wonderful supporters of local musicians, it was a real pleasure and privilege to be invited to record at the Greendale live session. 

Thanks also to Warren Watson who travelled up from Dunedin to record the session on video.

Ladbrooks School(PALS) end of term knees up!!!